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Keys to the game: Oregon at Washington

Posted on: November 1, 2011 1:39 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer

OREGON WILL WIN IF: The Ducks offense has struggled to be consistent and it appears there's a minor quarterback controversy after Darron Thomas was pulled in the second half for backup quarterback Bryan Bennett. LaMichael James is back and Kenjon Barner and De'Anthony Thomas have done a great job running the football but Oregon has to get the passing game back on track with Thomas under center. This is likely the Ducks' stiffest test on defense all season but they're going to need the offense in its usual high-scoring mode to win.

WASHINGTON WILL WIN IF: The defense has to make play plays and force a few turnovers. There's no if's, and's or but's about this game, the defense will need to take a major step forward if the Huskies want to win this game. The offense has been great so far this year but the team has been in too many shootouts - a type of game they'll lose against Oregon. Chris Polk will need another monster game and will need to help control the clock and keep it out of the hands of the Oregon offense. This is a big game for Steve Sarkisian but it's an even bigger game for defensive coordinator Nick Holt.

X-FACTOR: Washington is bowl eligible for the second season in a row and the rivalry against Oregon is an underrated one nationally. That should create an electric crowd at Husky Stadium, one of the loudest venues in the Pac-12. If they can capitalize on the home field advantage and force Oregon in to some mistakes early, there's no doubt that Washington has a chance in this one.

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Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 6:59 pm

Keys to the game: Oregon at Washington

Uh, DucksWIN8--
Pretty sure he was saying that YOUR D will be tested the most they have this year...  "Ducks' stiffest test on defense..."  As you said.  We're averaging 35+ pts... Price is 2nd in the nation in TD passes...  6'7" 285 pound TE, and four fast, big WR's, plus Polk might be the toughest guy to bring down in the Pac 12... (Led the nation last year in yards after contact...)

Like I said in my original post, I don't expect to win...  But if you guys give it away, we'll be willing to take what we can...  (Our defense IS absolutely awful though... You had that right.)

Since: Nov 1, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 6:15 pm

Keys to the game: Oregon at Washington

Husky football needs to be torn down and rebuilt....that is one big dumpster fire!!!  we beat you down every year enjoy.

Since: Nov 1, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 4:02 pm

Keys to the game: Oregon at Washington

Bryan, " This is likely the Ducks' stiffest test on defense all season"? Please tell me this is a typo, or, you have no idea what you are talking about.  First of all if you have watched the Huskies D at all you would realize they are Horrible, and the emergence of Price and running of Polk is the only reason the pups have had success this year.  Second of all I would say The DUCKS have faced two of the best D's in the country in LSU, and ASU with great success. If not for 4 turnovers in the LSU game,  The DUCKS would be going into this game as the #1 team in the country. The pups will not stop DT and the boys.  THE DUCKS win #8 in a row by 20 point margin  55-28.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 3:44 pm

Keys to the game: Oregon at Washington

This is a good time / year for WA to finally beat OR as OR is not the same team they were  last year.   The Defense is much more porous and the WRs are not nearly as good as last year.  OR has really missed the top D players from last year as well as DJ Davis and the unsung hero Jeff Maehl.

With that said, I actually expect OR to be better next year.  They have a  lot of young talent that needs this year to develop.  Even after losing LMJ, I still see OR being better next year.

I disagree with the KEYS to OR winning this game as they are written by the Bryan Fischer above.  If averaging nearly 50 pts per game and rushing for Godly numbers is indicative of "inconsistency" on Offense, then about 100 other Division 1 college football teams would like to be "inconsistent" on Offense.

No, the real key to OR winning this game, as well as at Standford, is the DEFENSE.  OR will score points on WA - there is not doubt about it.  However, I also feel WA will score just as much verses OR.  This game will come down to Special Teams, Turnovers, and whichever D makes the most stops.

Go Ducks!

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 2:23 pm

Keys to the game: Oregon at Washington

I'm not expecting us to win-- but there IS an additional emotional element to this game...  It's the last game in the "original" Husky Stadium before they tear it down and rebuild (the Huskies will finish the season playing home games at the Seahawks' stadium).  It's a big deal here in Seattle and there will be Washington "royalty" in large numbers for the game.  Probably the hardest ticket to get in the last 10 years...  This is a major "trip up" game for Oregon if they aren't absolutely on top of things-- or if they think the Stanford blowout in Palo Alto two weeks back means they're in line for a similarly easy time at Montlake.  Go Dawgs!

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